The original NAD 3020 introduced a generation of Music Lovers to true high fi delity sound. The term High Fidelity literally means “true to the original”. In the ‘70s over a million people rediscovered their music when they placed a NAD 3020 between their turntable and loudspeakers. This little gem embarrassed amplifi ers costing 10 times more with its big, warm, detailed sound. Once people realized what they had been missing it lead them to a lifetime of enhanced musical enjoyment. Today, the source is more likely to be a computer or smartphone than a turntable, but the ability to choose speakers that perfectly suit one’s taste is still a compelling argument for upgrading to a NAD amplifi er. The D 3020 starts with the original NAD 3020 concept and takes it straight to the 21st century using the latest high-speed digital technology.
By adapting to today’s media sources and using state-of-the-art digital technology for the new world of digital music, the D 3020 puts a completely modern spin on an old icon. The original designer of the 3020, NAD’s Director of Advanced Technology, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, has been pivotal in developing the D 3020 for the new digital generation. Offering an excellent quality 24/192 DAC with 8 channels mixed to 2 for improved resolution, the D 3020 represents the same kind of value-bending innovation that gave the original 3020 its legendary overachieving phono stage.
NAD rewrote the rules for amplifi ers when designing the original 3020. Instead of letting laboratory test equipment have the last word, we made sure that we could properly drive real loudspeakers with real music for the real world. The D 3020 lives up to this promise through a unique implementation of NAD PowerDrive™ developed by Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, that allows low impedance drive (current) and high dynamic power (voltage) at vanishingly low distortion levels. This refi nement of PowerDrive combined with a precision soft clipping circuit, lets the D 3020 sound even more powerful than it already is. An innovative Bass EQ circuit helps small speakers sound big without overdriving or damaging ported woofers.
The D 3020 offers inputs for your computer and other digital and analogue sources. The USB input uses ‘asynchronous’ mode to ensure the lowest possible jitter (timing errors) from notoriously unstable computer audio outputs, and supports 24/96 HD studio master music fi les. Coaxial and optical inputs allow many different digital sources to be connected, from CD and DVD players, to set top boxes, media streamers like AppleTV, or satellite and cable receivers. There are also analogue inputs for iPods and non-digital audio components like FM tuners.
The D 3020 delivers the convenience of wireless streaming with its Bluetooth capability. Stream all your music from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The D 3020 even supports the highest audio quality Bluetooth aptX that is becoming ever more popular for its excellent sound quality and low power consumption compared to Wi-Fi.
Power output may sound small at 30W per channel, but like all NAD amplifi ers this is very misleading, as a properly designed 30W amplifi er can sound superior to a 100W amplifi er from a lesser brand. With its very small form factor, the D 3020 will astound many for its ability to drive diffi cult loudspeakers to satisfying levels without adding noise or distortion.
The D 3020’s highly effi cient design wastes less energy, requiring only 20% of the power needed by traditional Hi-Fi amplifi ers. It’s like trading in a gas guzzling car for a hybrid vehicle. Standby power consumption is a miniscule <0.5W. NAD has taken amplifi cation to new lows, with lower distortion, lower noise, and lower power consumption. NAD’s major focus is to fi nd new technology that improves musical performance while consuming less power and using fewer non-renewable resources in manufacturing.
- Rated Power at 8 ohms 2 x 30 Watts
- IHF Dynamic Power 8 ohms 2 x 65 Watts, 4 ohms 2 x 105 Watts, 2 ohms 2 x 150 Watts
- Signal/Noise Ratio (A-weighted) ≥90dB
- Channel Separation 1kHz 10kHz, ≥75dB ≥65dB
- Channel Balance 0 ±0.3dB
- Frequency Response (20Hz – 20kHz) 0dB to -0.3dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion ≤0.005%
- Maximum input level 5V
- IMD (SMPTE) 0.02%
- IMD (CCIF) 0.003%
- Standby Power ≤0.5 Watts
- Supports bit rate/sample rate up to 24/192 (via Digital Audio input), up to 24/96 (via Computer/Type B USB input)
58mm (2 5/16”)
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